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Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2011

Tenuta di Trinoro Palazzi 2011

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"Franchetti's 2011 Palazzi, 100% Merlot, in this vintage is captivating in its beauty. Freshly cut flowers, lavender, violets, mint, cloves and plums literally jump from the glass. Despite its opulent, full-throttle personality, the 2011 is beautifully balanced. Ripeness is pushed to the extreme, that is for sure, but nevertheless all the elements are very much in the right place. I am not sure how the 2011 will age, but it should drink beautifully for at least a handful of years. Drinking window: 2014-2025. 94 points.

Andrea Franchetti's 2011s are extreme. There is no way of getting around that. The wines are intense, opulent and among the richest Tuscan wines I have ever tasted. Stylistically, the 2011s could pass for wines from Napa Valley if it weren't for the distinctly Tuscan elements of structure that underpin the fruit. The 2011s are ripe and silky, with suggestions of sweetness and alcohols in the 16%-16.5% range. But that is Franchetti. He makes wines that reflect each vintage to the core. The 2011s spent just 5-6 months in 100% new oak barrels and were then racked into cement, where they finished aging. In the 2011s, readers should expect wines with Amarone-like levels of viscosity and richness, especially with the top wines in the range. I suggest serving the wines on the cool side, which will help keep the alcohols from being too aggressive."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (08/13)